Despite being one of the smaller towns in the Yucatan Peninsula, there are over 100 taxis driving around Puerto Morelos on a daily basis. Those who don't want to rent a car but need a transportation back up plan will find taxis to be a great choice.
Tourists staying in certain areas of Puerto Morelos may be able to get through their whole vacation without hailing a taxi if they decide to walk or try to take the bus everywhere they go. Those in resorts in the outlying areas of town will find it necessary on some occasions to call for a cab. Fortunately, cabs are plentiful and not too expensive either.
You'll typically find taxis at the busy tourist areas like shopping centers, beaches, restaurants, and areas where there is a high concentration of resorts. Even when you can't find a driver on the street, you can head to the nearest taxi stand and ask for a ride or you can call and have a driver meet you somewhere.
You can take a look at this next table to find out how to get in touch with a taxi company if you are in need of a taxi.
Taxis are fast, clean, and have very friendly drivers. For more people, the biggest issue is the possible language barrier. If you don't speak Spanish, as most drivers do, write down your desired destination on a piece of paper and hand it to the driver so you make sure you're going to the right place.
The price of a taxi is not one to be negotiated, and you won't rely on a meter to tell you how much you trip will cost you. Instead, prices have been set in advance by the local taxi union. Rates are posted on a big sign in town square, plus you'll get them from any taxi stand, from your driver, and some hotels even keep a rate card on hand.
No negotiation is necessary when you take a taxi in Cancun. The city has been split up into several zones, and your rate is pre-determined based on how many zones you travel through to get to you destination. Rate charts are available at the front desk of most hotels, at the airport, and your driver should have one as well. Just keep in mind that taxis that drive right up to your hotel tend to charge a bit more than those you'd hail out on the street. Always ask before you take off to make sure you and the driver are on the same page. Just keep in mind that the taxi union establishes the rates and there is rarely anything the driver can do about it, even when the rates seem unfair. For example, locals are charged less, and rides to and from luxury resorts tend to be priced higher than rides to and from budget hotels.
Curious about local taxi rates? Check out the following info.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 35.00 - $ 40.00||Cancun International Airport||Riviera Cancun|
|$ 40.00 - $ 46.00||Cancun International Airport||Puerto Morelos|
|$ 45.00 - $ 53.00||Cancun International Airport||Iberostar Paraiso Maya|
Some drivers are great tour guides, so if you get on well with someone, feel free to ask them to take you around at a later time. The price of this will be determined between you and the driver. Also make sure to bring enough money with you to tip your driver, although this is not required. A gift of 10 pesos is the norm.
Knowing how taxis in Puerto Morelos operate, you're now better prepared to decide if this is the right form of transportation for you. If you don't want to rent a car, prefer the privacy of a taxi over the business of the bus, and probably won't be doing too much traveling from place to place, this may just be the right choice for you.
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